BABA MUFU’S SHOP, DAY
A small crowd cheering, laughing and mocking in a circle.
Harry leading the circle on with his bottle of beer with him....
Smallie, na you I put money on, no
fall my hand...
In the middle of the circle is Bunmi, an eighteen year old
and Oga Charles, a potbellied man with his shirt on his shoulder playing draught. Oga Charles is tensed up, because Bunmi is obviously winning.
Smallie finish am.
She lets a silly smile out at Oga Charles, takes her piece and used it to take what is left of Mr Charles’ game, leaving the crowd to run wild.
Harry immediately carried her on his shoulder as his winner,
with every one chanting her name.
Smallie! Smallie! Smallie.
BUNMI’S HOUSE... EVENING
Uncle Mike is training with his punching bag at the corner of the sitting room. The sitting room is scanty, just a long couch and a TV on the wall with a center table to add a little colour to the gloominess of the room.
Bunmi enters gently, she tries to sneak in, seeing that
her uncle is distracted with his boxing training.
You are late.
He does not let her distract him however.
(She is obviously scared of
I am sorry, I was busy.
Doing what exactly?
She did not respond. Uncle Mike irritated held his Punching bag.
UNCLE MIKE (cont’d)
What the hell were you busy doing? (he exclaimed)
Uncle Mike walking towards her, she is scared, shrinking in herself as he gets closer. He holds her face up.
Go to the room, pick up the
package, deliver it, and be back in
an hour. Can you do that.
He gives her a good tap on her head and goes to continue his training. Bunmi leaves to the room.
CLUB. MX’S OFFICE, NIGHT.
Bunmi walks in, Mx is playing PS4 with a friend, he sees
Bunmi, and snaps his finger for his friend to leave.
He walks up to her takes the bag and heads to his table.
How is my brother?
Boxing as usual, he is getting better
Have a sit come on. Don’t be a
You know you could work here if you
You are a pretty good dancer.
I have to leave now uncle Max.
Think about it.
You should check what’s in the bag.
Nah, no worries, it’s my stuff from
Then why was it with Uncle Mike.
Good question, you need to leave
You are all wired from mummy’s
part of the family.
Your mom loves you, you know that.
She prepared to leave.
(Brings out bundle of money
from his drawer and threw
it at Bunmi)
it at Bunmi)
Get something good to wear.
She leaves, smiling. He opens the bag, and smells it giddy.
OUTSIDE THE CLUB, NIGHT
The song from the club still lingers in the air. Bunmi comes out. Harry is outside standing at the entrance, apparently he is a bouncer.
Drop something for boys.
The bet you won on me isn’t enough.
More money should be made. Go home,
The sound of a girl struggling with some guys in the not too far.
Harry and Bunmi looking listening, trying to know exactly what’s happening.
Guy hurry, get it.
Bunmi already irritated by the guys bullying the young lady.
Hey, that’s enough.
Hey Bunmi stay out of that, you
don’t want to mess with those guys.
They have guns.
Bunmi ignores Harry and goes towards them.
I said stop.
Who the hell are you.
Why don’t you pick on someone your
size, instead messing around with
Oh chill, and that would be you.
Bunmi points to Harry, Harry immediately looks away.
This girl is going to have me
Run along now.
They continued harassing her.
I said stop.
Bunmi tries to get in between the girl and them, one of them
in the middle of the struggle accidentally shoots Bunmi.
Everyone around the street took off. The girl scared, let’s
out a scream as Bunmi falls on her, struggling to catch her
Harry running over furious.
What the hell man, why would you do
(Dragging his friend)
Let’s get out here.
They take off before Harry gets there.
You would be alright.
She pulls off her jacket and uses it to put pressure on the wound. Harry is shocked standing and looking.
(To Harry. Shouting)
Get a cab.
He took off.
Bunmi’s vision is blurry, the voices echo the only thing she
can hear is her heart beat and her breath.
Don’t give up on you.
You Made a Black Girl Blush: Written by Minna Davies